What would you do if you came home to your deceased friend? Ebenezer Scrooge’s late business partner Jacob Marley came back to warn Scrooge. When he came Marley was wearing chains, these chains represented all of the mistakes he made while he was living. But he did not just come back to say hi. Marley came back to warn Scrooge, he warned him that he needed to change or he would to end up like Marley.
The theme of abandonment is prevalent throughout the entire short story “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. The theme of abandonment victimizes the children in the story by the parents figuratively abandoning them through the nursery. The parents, George and Lydia, leave their children to be cared for by a technologically advanced room. George and Lydia turn their backs on the children forcing the kids to create an unhealthy emotional attachment to the nursery which provides them with the happiness and comfort they need from another person. In the short story “The Veldt,” David McClean states, “You’ve let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children’s affections”
Authors use characters and genres to develop theme. Sometimes different genres can be used to build the same theme. In the poem, “The Lesson of the Moth,” poet Don Marquis uses the protagonist, a moth, to teach the narrator, Archy, a cockroach, what it is like to have a dream worth dying for. Similarly, Daniel Keyes, author of “Flowers for Algernon,” a short story, uses the main character, Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who longs to be smart, to develop the idea that it is better to risk to achieve happiness rather than to live wondering what life could have been like. Both the poet and the author use the main character in their literary work to contribute to the idea that risking something is worth even momentary happiness.
‘Never run with scissors,' chances are you have heard this saying before from a parent or teacher. In Running with Scissors a memoir, Augusten Burroughs does just that. He takes the risk and leaves behind his life of stability and security to enter the life of his mother’s crazy psychologist, Dr. Finch. This book recounts Burroughs's memorable childhood experiences of living with Dr. Finch and his bizarre family. Throughout the memoir, Augusten Burroughs argues the claim that he did not have a normal childhood through the efficient use of anaphora and allusion.
In the novel, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the main focus is about conflict between characters. Specifically, George and Lennie, the main characters of the storyline. This story is about how Lennie conflicts with George’s plans for the rest of his life. In this essay, the literary themes that will be discussed, and explained, are; characters and conflict, cause and effect, and problem and solution. First of all, “All conflict we experience in the world, is a conflict within our own selves” (Brenda Shoshanna, Google).
In The Veldt created by the one and only Ray Bradbury, he uses multiple examples of author’s craft such as personification and tone or mood. These crafts were written into the story to help prove and point out the theme of influencing children with so much technology early on can not only stir up violent thoughts but, can also cause breaks between friend and family relationships. The first author’s craft that can prove this theme to be true is personification. One example is, “the walls began to purr and recede.” Although walls can not do this, Ray Bradbury uses it in his story to show how much technology the family living in the Happy Home have given to their children.
The Witch and The Case of Ann Hibbins, Executed for Witchcraft at Boston 1656 is only similar that both protagonist accused of being a witch by their peers. Yes, they have witchcraft in common, but there are more differences than similarities. The paring of these two stories create more questions than enforcing key points. The Witch focuses on sin and the forest as being a wicked place where the devil lies. As for Ms. Hibbins’s case, it’s the telling of her trial and how people knew she was innocent.
Life has been and will continue to be full of changes. From the time humans are born, their bodies, their minds, and their surroundings will be at a constant transition. It is inevitable. Change can be sad and hard to go through, but it should never be something that someone is ashamed of. Lisa Parker conveys change frequently in her poem “Snapping Beans” through imagery, similes, internal monologue, repetition, and foreshadowing.
“Back Roads” by Vinnie Rotondaro and “A Winter’s Drive” by ReadWorks both have something in common, but the moods are completely different. Mood is how a reader feels while reading a text. Both of the short stories talk about going on road trips. “Back Roads” is about two guys going to visit their friend. They take back roads because they don’t like being rushed.
Throughout Abigail Adams letter, uses of rhetorical strategies and devices are presented to advise and give her son advice. Being a part of the upper class and her husband being a U.S. diplomat and later becoming president, her strength of knowledge and authority is high. Because of how successful Adams' husband is, she hopes her son will follow in his footsteps. Various rhetorical strategies throughout Adam's essay will be used to identify hints and present advice to her son for future reference.
Defending Jacob With an abrupt ending and an insight on a fourteen year old boy with a cruel hobby, this intense book can have more in common with other texts than anticipated. To clarify, Defending Jacob by William Landay, “If” by Rudyard Kipling, and “The Art of Resilience” by Hara Estroff Marano display how a person owns the ability to change what happens in his or her life. This theme is exhibited through figurative language, imagery, and foreshadowing. By including figurative language, the authors of these literary works were able to enhance certain elements of the story. For example, in Defending Jacob, the neighbors continued to see Jacob as if “He was a pariah, whether he was actually guilty or not (Landay 388.).”
Barbara Kingsolver does a wonderful job with incorporating literary devices into her novel. These literary devices help the reader to experience the words written on the page and it allows the reader to think that they are actually living the story. One major literary device that Kingsolver uses throughout the book to show her ideas to the reader is imagery. “Her dark hair is tied in a ragged lace handkerchief, and her curved jawbone is lit with large, false-pearl earrings, as if these headlamps from another world might show the way.” (pg 5) When I hear these words, I am able to paint a picture inside of my head of Orleana Price.